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Ruby Wax

Attributed to www.time-to-change.org.uk/news-media/celebrity-supporters “1 in 5 people have dandruff. 1 in 4 people have mental health problems. I’ve had both.” Ruby Wax Ruby Wax talks about what it is like to live with depression Ruby Wax gives advice on what to do if your friend is living with depression

Living Well with Schizophrenia

I have been diagnosed for 10 years. It hasn’t been an easy trip. I would act so crazy to have everyone in my life either in denial or uneasy around me.  Before I was diagnosed my family thought i was having odd behavior to hurt them. It was the furthest from the truth. I’ve got…
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Unhinged: A Memoir of Enduring

Unhinged: A Memoir of Enduring, Surviving and Overcoming Family Mental Illness By Anna Berry Rowman and Littlefield (2014) Purchase By Simone McKitterick, NAMI Intern When you have a family legacy riddled with psychosis, paranoia and suicide, the odds of avoiding these symptoms yourself don’t look so promising. Fortunately, through acceptance and a staunch commitment to…
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Trying to Test for Psychosis Risk

By Simone McKitterick, NAMI Intern Most people think of the onset of psychosis as sudden, but there are often warning signs that precede an episode. Knowing what to look for provides the best opportunity for early intervention. Diagnosing psychosis — defined as a break from reality often in the form of hallucinations and/or delusions—is a complicated…
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Stopping Schizophrenia in Its Tracks

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 By Darcy Gruttadaro, Director, NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center For those experiencing psychosis, early identification and intervention matters—a lot. It lessens the long-term severity and often prevents psychosis from worsening. An effective early identification and intervention program should include the following coordinated array of services and supports: Supported education and…
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NIH Research Initiatives

  NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., discusses some of the 58 projects funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

Schizophrenic and Wanting to Connect

By MICHAEL HEDRICK, NYTimes article I still remember the first group therapy session I went to after I got out of the hospital. I was 20 and had been diagnosed as schizophrenic after a road trip that took me from Colorado to the United Nations building in New York City, my mind riddled with notions…
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Risks Associated With First-episode Psychosis

Researchers call for coordinated care to address risks – NIH-funded study October 8, 2014 • Press Release Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found. Patients with schizophrenia are already known to have higher rates of premature death than the general…
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$46 million for BRAIN Initiative

NIH awards initial $46 million for BRAIN Initiative research Projects lay the groundwork for visualizing the brain in action Last year, President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative as a large-scale effort to equip researchers with fundamental insights necessary for treating a wide variety of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and autism. Today, NIH awards the…
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Book Review: Shadows in the Sun

By Simone McKitterick, NAMI Intern Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within By Gayathri Ramprasad Hazelden (2014) Purchase Growing up in Bangalore, India, Gayathri Ramprasad’s life is highlighted by doting relatives and the traditions of Hinduism. Her father’s goal is for her to move to the United States in the…
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